Hearing of former vice-president Adheeb’s case scheduled for Monday

Ahmed Adeeb arriving at the High Court for a hearing | Photo: Raajemv

Malé, Maldives — The hearing for former vice-president Adheeb’s case has been scheduled to be kept virtually at 2pm of the upcoming Monday.

The hearing is for the case appealed to the Criminal Court, requesting to drop all seven charges raised against Adeeb in connection to the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) embezzlement case.

On September 15, another case that was in connection to the appealed case was held by the Criminal Court as well. During the hearing, the former president had mentioned that he had willingly agreed to cooperate with authorities in the investigations and also stressed on the fact that the online hearing was a “bitter experience” as there was bad internet connection in his cell.

Furthermore, he had also withdrawn his confession of having been coerced into signing a deal with authorities during the hearing at High Court. He then confessed that he had not been a subject of torture from former Prosecutor General Aishath Bisham or the investigative team.

Adheeb also mentioned that he had signed the plea deal willingly although the court’s ruling claims that he was “forced to sign the plea deals” in exchange for medical treatment. However, this was opposed by the Prosecutor General Hussain Shameem as he states that one of the two deals were signed upon Adeeb’s return from treatment abroad.

Adheeb is currently detained at Maafushi Prison after the High Court had ordered Adheeb to be remanded until the end of the appeal case against him. The decision to remand Adeeb was taken after he attempted to flee from the court.